Janet Jackson made the tough decision to reschedule the rest of her Australian tour dates so she can stay by her family’s side during the involuntary manslaughter trial of Dr. Conrad Murray.
Murray, who is on trial in Los Angeles, is accused of being negligent in his care of her brother Michael Jackson, who died in 2009 of an overdose of the anesthetic propofol at age 50.
In a statement to The Associated Press Janet declares, “When I planned these shows, the schedule in California was completely different. After talking with my family last night, I decided we must be together right now. …. This saddens me in so many ways.”
Janet’s “Number Ones” trek were scheduled in Melbourne on Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday but due to rescheduling, there will now be one big show in Rod Laver Arena on Nov. 3.
As far as the trial, Murray’s defense team is set to begin grilling witnesses this week after hearing four weeks of testimony from the prosecution. The defense case is expected to comprise of 15 witnesses, although Murray’s attorneys have not publicly revealed whether they will call the Houston-based cardiologist to testify on his own behalf.
Murray has pleaded not guilty, and faces up to four years behind bars and the loss of his medical license if convicted.